Sports massage is a type of massage that can alleviate pain occurring in certain parts of the body, which can be caused by too much physical activity. This type of massage was originally developed to serve athletes as a way to prevent and relieve injuries, but both athletes and non-athletes can gain physiological and psychological benefits from receiving sports massage therapy.
Sports massage therapy can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed. DOMS may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours after the exercise has been performed.
Sports massage therapy prevents delayed onset muscle soreness by encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body, preventing muscle fatigue.
Sports massage therapy can help a person manage stress. When a person receives a sports massage, their body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. These are released by two centres of the brain known as the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, and they act as the body’s natural pain reliever.
Endorphins that are released due to receiving a sports massage help to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance a person’s state of well-being.
If your new to Sports Massage, and are not sure what to expect don’t worry we will discuss your requirements in advance to determine what the right course of treatment for you is. If your suffering from a stiff back, neck or shoulders, tight muscles or restricted movement, please contact us and we can get working on you straight away.